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Something, James Something

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

We rewrote James Bond movie themes to be about other famous people named James. Score a bonus point by identifying the Bond theme!

Mystery Guest

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

Tim League owns a business that he's bringing to New York City. Ophira and Jonathan must figure out what Tim's business is by asking yes-or-no questions.

Herb, My Little Pony, Or Enya Song?

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

In this edition of This, That or the Other, contestants must guess: is it a culinary herb, a My Little Pony character, or an Enya song?

A Film Lover's Travel Guide

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:51am

We read entries from a travel guide. All you have to do is figure out what city we're describing, except this travel guide was written by someone who only researched the cities by watching movies.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Emmys, Comedy And Your Spooky Grandpa

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:00am

An assortment of odds and ends, including an Emmys recap, David Greene's interview with comedian Hari Kondabolu, and Petra Mayer's discussion with English writer Alan Moore.

'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 4:07am

In 1948, eight African-American men joined Atlanta's police force. Those pioneer officers — who couldn't drive squad cars or even step foot in headquarters — inspired Thomas Mullen's new novel.

'Transparent' Actor Jeffrey Tambor Says He Found His Dream Role In Maura

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:45pm

Tambor plays a transgender woman in Amazon show. "It's a perfect role," he says. "... I thought I was gonna do Lear, but I'm gonna do Maura." Transparent's third season comes out on Friday.

A Feel-Good Chess Movie Keeps Sentimentality In Check: 'Queen Of Katwe'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

A Disney film about a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion hits familiar beats but evinces a nuanced understanding of extreme poverty and the societal forces that reinforce it.

A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.

It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins of Lifta'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

A new documentary focuses on a now-empty town near Jerusalem, the future of which is hotly contested.

'The Magnificent Seven': Because 'The Pretty Good Seven' Didn't Test Well

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

I Haven't Seen The First Six Yet! Director Antoine Fuqua remakes the classic 1960 Western; our critic calls it a "fun but nonessential" example of "high-grade pulp."

Kate Winslet Wreaks Bespoke Vengeance In 'The Dressmaker'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Kate Winslet plays a woman with designs to punish the townsfolk who once wronged her in this tonally confused Australian comedy.

Theater Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Anne Basting, a theater artist and educator at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, about being awarded the MacArthur fellowship this year. She describes her work with people with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's and dementia, using improv theater and storytelling techniques to improve their lives.

Obama Awards 2015 National Arts And Humanities Medals

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

President Obama awarded the 2015 National Arts and National Humanities Medals at the White House Thursday. Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Berry Gordy and Philip Glass are among the many honorees.

Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:43pm

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.

'Narcos' Producer On The Drug War, Colombia And Escobar's Son's Grievances

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 1:43pm

Before making Narcos, Eric Newman spent years researching Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could."

'Born To Run' Is A 500-Page Springsteen Show

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:14am

Can't see The Boss in concert? Pick up his new memoir, which begins with 7-year-old Springsteen watching Elvis on TV. From $3-a-night shows to swooning stadiums, it's a wild and well-written ride.

At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:22am

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — get laurels Thursday, as President Obama awards the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

'The Wonder' Is A Hard-To-Believe Tale Of Belief

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:21am

Emma Donoghue's latest follows a nurse in 19th century Ireland who agrees to monitor a famed fasting girl. But both the unsympathetic nurse and the credulous villagers are hard to like or understand.

If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.

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